Department Leader for English

Pay Range: MPR/UPR +TLR 1D (Fringe). Recruitment and Retention allowance also available for the right candidate
Start Date: September 2023
Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 17/02/2023

We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and skilled classroom practitioner with a passion for English to lead a strong team to even greater heights. The department consistently achieves strong results and we wish to appoint an exceptional individual who has the necessary drive, expertise and inspirational attributes to improve outcomes further. In 2022 79% of pupils gained either English Literature or Language at grade 4+.

The applicant must be able to nurture a passion for studying Language and Literature at all levels of ability. The English curriculum has been reconsidered in recent years and provides an extremely solid base from which to extend the ‘inspirational learning’ mantra of the school. English classrooms are well resourced with an innovative design to facilitate collaborative and active learning. Additionally, the department benefits from having a Lead Practitioner who also leads the whole school reading strategy.


Why William Edwards School?

William Edwards is a large, successful, harmonious and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong. However, attending William Edwards is about so much more than just GCSE outcomes. We firmly believe that school days should be the best days of your life and that schools have a moral purpose to extend the life experiences of their pupils. That is why we boast the largest Duke of Edinburgh cohort of any school in the East of England and we are also one of only two schools in the East of England to hold the Arts Mark Platinum Award. Character education and providing a wealth of different experiences to our pupils is important to us.

We were delighted that our last Ofsted inspection report noted that “pupils who spoke to inspectors were effusive about their experience in school” and that “the breadth of curriculum opportunities available at the school is a real ‘gem’ in the school’s offer to its pupils”.

You will be:

  • Committed to the Trust’s vision and values
  • At the forefront of education practice
  • Inspirational and innovative
  • An outstanding teaching practitioner
  • A proven leader and manager
  • Experienced in curriculum design and delivery
  • Experienced in professional development and training
  • Able to plan and think strategically
  • An excellent communicator.



We are a Multi Academy Trust who wish to ensure our profession remains supportive and exciting. We believe that every young person in our community needs and deserves an education that will maximise their future life chances.

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

  • A supportive and friendly work environment;
  • Becoming part of a growing organisation;
  • Full and comprehensive induction with training and tailored pathways for individual career progression;
  • Competitive salary and relocation packages with a defined benefits pension scheme
  • Significant and attractive benefits package


Please return your letter of application and completed form to:

 HR Department


c/o William Edwards School

Stifford Clays Road



RM16 3NJ

Email [email protected]


South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Service.